I Interviewed Two Parents Hiking The PCT with 3 Small Kids!

Wow… I had the chance to interview Marketa and David Daley from California who is hiking northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail and they are approaching the 500-mile mark with their 3 kids. Sequoia is almost 5 and her two brothers are Joshua who is 3(1/2) and then little Standa who is almost 2 who Marketa carries in her Osprey carrier on her back.

It’s a long episode. I also interviewed her sister and her dad. What they are doing is crazy awesome. So so so difficult just the logistics with carrying everything and then food and water. The kids can’t really carry anything so they have found it really difficult dealing with the desert section that runs the first 700 miles. After that is the Sierra Nevada and that’s a whole different ballgame.

Marketa is on Instagram and since starting the PCT her followers have gone from 200-300 peeps to almost 9,000 people. Here photos of the kids are incredible and her write-ups are detailed on the pain and struggle.

You have to follow them on IG here.

What I did for the podcast episode is I got a friend to record the first 39 days of write up’s from Marketa. Cara that I worked with at Lufthansa helped me. I asked a friend in San Diego if she could record a 10 min walk with the wind blowing. I added the background sound to all of Cara’s commentary and then I took all the interview content and broke it into little segments to add in between all the daily recaps.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think if someone knows their story from following… this episode is a wild run showing that the impossible can be possible and listening to it is lots of ups and downs.

You can listen here at this link. Just pick Apple, Spotify, Google or free on different platforms.

I’m excited for the opportunity to record again with them.

89 of 101 Things To Do | The Pacific Coast Trail | Planting Seeds for 2024 w/ Chantal

The Pacific Coast Trail Map

The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It is a National Scenic Trail. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love—and protect—in the Western United States.

Pacific Crest Trail | A Walk Across The United States from Serge Pikhotskiy on Vimeo.

The starting point when traveling northbound is located at the USA/Mexico boarder near Campo, Californina. The finish line is located on the USA/Canadian boarder at Monument 78. If you measure the distance between Campo and Canada in a straight line it would measure around 1,000 miles.

The average time it takes to tackle the PCT is roughly 4.5 – 5.5 months. Most hikers average about 20 – 30 miles per day so they can finish before winter sets in near the Canadian boarder. Usually people going northbound will leave near the end of April so when they hit the high Sierra Mountain section the snow is melting and they finish it before the snow returns.

You need to bring a Bear cannister and use it after Kennedy Meadows as you hit the Sierra Mountains and into Yosemitie National Park.

The PCT covers 24 National Forrrests, 37 Wilderness Areas, and 7 National Parks. The trail climbs nearly 60 mountain passes and decends into 19 major canyons. It moves past roughly 1000 lakes.

Fewer people have hiked the PCT than climbed Mt. Everest. The highest point along the PCT is Forrester’s Pass at 13,200ft or 4000m. It has a total elevation change of 421,000ft.

Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season. Tying the trail together is a community of volunteers and passionate outdoor enthusiasts. Together, we explore, create and support one of the best experiences on Earth.

Watch her Vlog below…

Above is a young woman’s hike and documenting her journey in 2019. She covered the hike in 137 days. My goals are to watch this series with Chantal and see what she thinks about the hike. Her playlist of the hike is here. I think a good goal is to do this in three years’ time. We will also watch the other docs that cover this trail. She needs to know that this hike is extremely difficult and it’s not all Instagram posts every hour. It’s incredibly challenging mentally and physically challenging and it would be a crazy struggle for both of us to finish this trek without injury that forces us both to quit.

More information on the project:

Click here to check out our website (tablet or laptop view is much better than phone)

Tobermory | 51 of 101 Things To Do / Bruce Trail w/ the kids

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Tobermory, Ontario

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Stormhaven and High Dump are the two backcountry camping areas in Bruce Peninsula National Park. Located along the Bruce Trail on the scenic Georgian Bay shoreline, they offer a tranquil camping experience in a beautiful and remote setting.  It would be great to hike into the campsite and set up camp for a night and set off the next day for the next campsite.  To spend an extra day exploring the caves and swimming and exploring the Grotto, Overhang Point and Flowerpot Island.  After the adventure it would be nice to take the Chi-Cheermaun over to Manitoulin Island.

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I’ve always wanted to explore this part of Ontario and I’ve never been north of Blue Mountain before.  I think the kids would love it since we will have to carry our gear so we will pack light and be creative with our food.

Already starting a Notebook in Evernote with gear needed and ideas and resources.

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The Pacific Coast Trail | No Idea If I Could Complete This


i honestly don’t know if i could complete such a journey.  i could not imagine what it would be like to complete this.

This is not a beautiful hiking video | A Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike from Peter H on Vimeo.

“This is not a beautiful hiking video. It’s more about heat, pain, hunger, mountains, lakes, sweat, dirt, freedom, and friendship. Actually, it’s about walking. A long distance. For a long time.”

Watch Peter’s journey on the PCT above.

Would You Like To Go For A Walk? I Dare You!

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El Caminito del Rey or “The King’s Little Path” is often regarded as the most dangerous walkway in the world. This old walkway, now fallen into disrepair, is pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Alora in the province of Malaga, Spain.
The walkway was built between 1901 and 1905 to provide workers the means to cross between two hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls. These days the walkway is closed to the public, but that hasn’t stop thrill seekers from walking the narrow mountain walkway.

The walkway is 3 feet and 3 inches (one meter) in width, and rises over 350 feet 100 meters) above the river below.
 
The walkway was completed in 1905, but the inauguration did not take place until 1921 when Spanish King Alfonso XIII crossed it and the walkways been called The Kings Pathway since.
 
Constructed of concrete resting on steel rails supported by stanchions at around 45 degrees into the rock face, it is currently in a highly deteriorated state and there are numerous sections where part or all of the concrete top has collapsed.
 

The result is large open air gaps that are bridged only by narrow steel beams or other support fixtures.  After several fatal accidents, the local government closed the path in 2000. But there are still daring hikers who manage to get around the barriers and make their way across the gorge.